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10 Oct 22

Vehicle safety is key in Latam but who comes out on top?

When choosing vehicles for your corporate fleet in Latin America, the level of safety you provide for your drivers and their family, as well as surrounding pedestrians is of utmost importance.

With that said, listed here are two of the safest cars tested recently by Latin NCAP, the Latin America and Caribbean regional car safety assessment program. Although the program does not test all car models, we can see here that Volkswagen has come out on top in recent months.  

2022

The 2022 Volkswagen Nivus with 6 Airbags received a top-rating of five stars during its Latin NCAP crash tests which took place in September 2022.

The 5-door SUV, which is manufactured in Brazil, received a 92% score for adult occupant protection, 92% for child occupant protection, 49% for the protection of pedestrians and vulnerable road users, and 85% for safety assist systems.

2022 Volkswagen Nivus (courtesy of VW)

Latin NCAP assessment (2022 VW Nivus)

Frontal impact: The protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck was good. Driver chest showed adequate protection and passenger chest showed good protection. Driver and passenger’s knees showed good protection. Driver and passenger’s tibias showed adequate and good protection. Footwell area was rated as stable. The bodyshell was rated as stable. 

Side impact: Head, chest, abdomen and pelvis protection was good. Side Pole Impact: head and pelvis protection was good, chest and abdomen protection was adequate. 

Whiplash: The seat showed good protection to the adult neck. UN R32: the car meets the rear impact structure requirements. AEB City: the car offers optional AEB city meeting availability requirements and offering good performance. Rescue sheet: meets Latin NCAP requirements.

2021

The 2021 Volkswagen Taos with 6 Airbags also received a top-rating of five stars during its crash tests which took place in December 2021. 

The 5-door SUV, which was made in Mexico and Argentina received a 90% score for adult occupant protection, 90% for child occupant protection, 61% for the protection of pedestrians and vulnerable road users, and 85% for safety assist systems.


2021 Volkswagen Taos (courtesy of VW)

Latin NCAP assessment (2021 VW Taos)

Frontal impact: The protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck was good. Driver chest showed marginal protection and passenger’s chest showed adequate protection. Driver’s and passenger’s knees showed good protection. Driver’s tibias showed adequate protection and passenger´s tibias showed good protection. Footwell area was rated as stable. The bodyshell was rated as stable and it is capable of withstanding further loadings. 

Side impact: Head, abdomen, chest and pelvis protection was good. Side Pole Impact: Head, abdomen and pelvis protection was good, while chest protection was adequate. 

Whiplash: showed good protection to the neck. UN R32: the car meets the rear impact structure requirements. AEB City: the offers AEB city according to fitment requirements and scored full points in the tests. Rescue sheet content is ok and meeting Latin NCAP requirements. All of the above explains the 90.23% of points matching a level of 5 stars.

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Top Photo: front impact test of 2022 Volkswagen Nivus (courtesy of Latin NCAP)

Authored by: Daniel Bland